Virtual machine usage metrics with VMware VI agent
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VMware VI agent offers a central point of management for your VMware Virtual Infrastructure environment or application.
Application Performance Management V8.1.3 brings you a more comprehensive version of the VMware agent that monitors additional metrics, and provides deeper insights about the performance of your virtual environment. The dashboard enhancements have transformed the VMware VI agent into a robust and resilient application that ensures that your virtual environment is well looked after.
VMware VI administrators, who monitor the virtual infrastructure in enterprise environments, typically need answers to the following performance related questions:
To answer these and many more questions about virtual machine memory performance, disk performance, network usage, and triggered alarms, the VMware VI agent provides additional features in APM V8.1.3 dashboards.
Read this blog to learn more about the enhanced agent capabilities that are available to VMware administrators to monitor the virtual infrastructure with greater confidence.
Monitoring the virtual machine memory
The new VM Memory Detail page provides the following important performance metrics about the memory of the selected virtual machine:
To navigate to this page, on the VM Detail page, click the value of the new Memory Size (MB) KPI in the Virtual Machine group widget.
Monitoring the virtual machine network
The new VM Network Detail page provides the following details about the network usage of the selected virtual machine:
To navigate to this page, on the VM Detail page, click the value of the new NICs KPI in the Virtual Machine group widget.
The new Network group widget provides information about the networks that are available on the virtual machine. Click the name in the NIC Name column to view the detailed performance history of this selected network on the new Selected VM Network Detail page.
Monitoring the virtual machine disks
The new VM Disk Detail page provides the following details about the disk usage of the selected virtual machine:
To navigate to this page, on the VM Detail page, click the value of the new Disks KPI in the Virtual Machine group widget.
The new Disk group widget provides information about the disks that are associated with the virtual machine. Click the name of the disk to view the detailed performance history of this selected disk on the new Selected VM Disk Detail page.
Monitoring triggered alarms
The vCenter Server that the VMware VI agent monitors includes several entities, such as ESX servers, datastores, virtual machines, and clusters. The vCenter Server triggers alarms that notify administrators about the performance changes in these entities.
The new Triggered Alarms bullet displays the number of triggered alarms in the critical or warning state.
Click this bullet to view the new Triggered Alarms group widget. This widget contains a table that provides information about the proactive and failure alarms triggered by the vCenter Server. VMware administrators can click the entity in the Triggered Entity column, to open the detailed page of that entity, and use this information to take preventive or corrective actions.
Improved monitoring with enhanced dashboard pages
To provide comprehensive monitoring of the entities, new KPIs and charts are available in the existing dashboard pages.
Cluster Detail page
Virtual Machine Detail page
Server Detail page
Datastore Detail page
The new Virtual Machine table provides administrators information about the storage that the virtual machine uses on the datastore. Click the name of the virtual machine to view details of the virtual machine.
To learn more about the performance monitoring capabilities of the VMware VI agent, see the IBM